President's Welcome

President's Welcome

Dr. Joseph Odenwald SMC President

Welcome to Southwestern Michigan College!

We are a locally governed community college with a commitment to providing knowledge for all through access to high quality higher education and postsecondary training that dates to our founding more than 55 years ago. With campuses in Dowagiac and Niles, we provide students with a solid foundation for eventual transfer to a four-year college or university and access to an associate degree or certificate program for immediate entry to a number of high-paying careers.

SMC is unique among two-year colleges. We offer a full residential life experience on our Dowagiac campus and student leadership development opportunities for students living on campus or commuting. Our arts programs, visual and performing, are unmatched among our peers. Finally, our Honors Program provides students with excellent research skills.

Southwestern Michigan College truly provides knowledge for all, whether you are a traditional student, an early college student, or an adult seeking a new path. I hope you’ll visit one of our campuses to see how a Southwestern Michigan College education can change your life and enhance our community.


Dr. Joe Odenwald, President